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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005, 11:08 GMT
O'Loughlin given Gold Coast offer
Sean O'Loughlin
Australian club Gold Coast Titans have offered a deal to Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin.

The 23-year-old, who missed most of the 2005 season after knee surgery, was brought to the club's attention during their recent trip to England.

Wigan team-mate Brian Carney has already signed up for Gold Coast's inaugural season in 2007.

Titans managing director Michael Searle said O'Loughlin and another player were offered contracts.

Searle added that he would not know if the two players would sign up until after Christmas.

O'Loughlin, whose contract runs out at the end of 2006, had to have reconstructive surgery on his knee after damaging it in the 22-20 win over St Helens back in March.

The Titans visited Wigan, St Helens, Leeds and Les Catalans on their fact-finding mission and looked at systems and facilities, as well as approaching a total of seven players.

Leeds full-back Richie Mathers is thought to be a target.

Bradford prop Stuart Fielden also spoke with the Titans but his contract with the Bulls does not expire until 2008.

"We're happy because we've come back with player lists from most of the clubs," said head coach John Cartwright.

"We were able to look at a few players and bring back some DVDs so that we can do our homework before making a move."

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